If you were in the lead after lap 3, then it was you I passed on the hill in glucksburg. The crowd was crazy there, but not for me I guess. Best place to pass the leading woman.
The bike course was a little bit nervous, especially in the first two laps. Few cars and a few packs that were not legal, and I think too many relay teams. Those relay roadies don't respect the 10 metres, and jump in all rear wheels that pass them, wait until the next hill, and then use a jump on that hill to outsprint the ones that still have to run the marathon. Solo IM guy has to let a 10 metre gap, and then over take again, and wait until on the next hill and the thing repeats. That was a bit my problem at least. A few guys sprinted until they were next to me (sometimes there front wheel didn't even passed mine), and then looked to me to do the downhill work
, I was sometimes glad that were not too many officials, because that didn't look too legal from my site, but it sure was. There was one guy I wanted to give a tour de france mountain yersey. His mission looked like to be first on every hill. So annoying, but after 2,5 laps he was gone and I never spotted him again. I hope he had a real bad marathon. His stupid riding deserved nothing more then that! I had to accept those nervous first two laps and then wait until all of them got a bit tired of doing all those small hills too fast. I was not passed anymore in the last 4 laps, so it worked. Further it was a very fun race, and I had a good day. Tough marathon, both the course and my legs. Lots of hills there, not a real easy race for sure! But I will probably be back next year too. Great atmosphere to race!
I will take swimming more serious this winter, cause 90 km in the race is too late to pass the leading women! I got chicked 7 km before the finish by the winner. That woman was so small, I will blame it on hills and gravity instead of that my best possible effort was not good enough to not get chicked
And I think that a faster swim will at least put me on a little more empty bike course. Less stress in the first two laps.
Try to win there next year fast as possible, as my goal will be to at least not get defeated by the first woman ever again!!!